The Hickory Crawdads lost late to the Bowling Green Hot Rods Sunday afternoon, 5-4 on the road. The Crawdads led 4-2 in the middle of the eighth inning. But the Hot Rods scored three in the bottom of the eighth to come back for the win.
Hickory got on the board in the third inning. With two outs, Keyber Rodriguez was walked. A passed ball and a throwing error allowed Rodriguez to score while Aaron Zavala was at the plate. Bowling Green would score two in the home half of the third inning.
In the seventh inning, Hickory tied the game at 2-2 when Cristian Inoa homered to left center field.
In the eighth inning, Aaron Zavala was walked to start the inning for the Crawdads. Luisangel Acuna singled, allowing Zavala to race to third. After a Hot Rods pitching change, Cody Freeman hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Zavala to score. Acuna would steal second base and move to third on a groundout by Evan Carter. Inoa then reached base on an error by the Bowling Green shortstop, allowing Acuna to score.
However, Bowling Green scored three in the home half of the eighth and would hold Hickory to a three-up, three-down in the top of the ninth to take the win.
Hickory is 33-24 on the season. They are 1.5 games back of Bowling Green for first place in the South Division of the South Atlantic League, and split the six game series with the Hot Rods, three to three. Hickory is off on Monday. They return to L.P. Frans Stadium for the first time in two weeks when they host the Greenville Drive on Tuesday.